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Always go to the emergency department if you have severe chest pain.

Also, call emergency services or go to the emergency department right away if you experience any of the following problems:

  • Trouble breathing/shortness of breath, or if you stopped breathing for any reason.
  • Any pain in your body that’s so severe that you can’t stand it.
  • Injury to your head, neck or spine.
  • Loss of consciousness (if you pass out/faint).
  • Sudden weakness, especially if you can’t speak or move.
  • Dizziness that doesn’t stop.
  • A seizure that lasts longer than three to five minutes.
  • Poisoning or an overdose.
  • Severe allergic reaction.
  • Coughing or throwing up blood.
  • Heavy bleeding.
  • High fever that doesn’t get better with medicine.
  • Severe burn, electric shock or lightning strike.
  • Stroke symptoms like slurred speech, numbness, weakness, loss of balance and/or vision problems.


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